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Blue Plate Cafe

#162 of 1,226 Restaurants in Memphis
#171 of 1,325 Places to Eat in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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5469 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3705
901-761-9696
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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    Very good
  • 23
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant experience and finally something in the south that represented a diner

For 2 weeks I've been traveling through the south of the U.S. looking for something that slightly resembled a diner, and this was finally somewhere that did just that! And was not just a fast food outlet. The inside had character, a great atmosphere with good service and was definitely unique! The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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English first
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Go early, go often, but GO! The southern style and charm are free here, ladled all over everything on the menu, whose choices by number and taste are very impressive. Stop at this charming filling station. The one I know is out Poplar Avenue past I-240. There is one downtown, but I have not been there...YET. If it run like... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

For 2 weeks I've been traveling through the south of the U.S. looking for something that slightly resembled a diner, and this was finally somewhere that did just that! And was not just a fast food outlet. The inside had character, a great atmosphere with good service and was definitely unique! The food in my opinion was the only thing... More 

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Missouri
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

First time here.. didn't love it... didn't hate it. Was told the pancakes were amazing... they were ok. The biscuits and gravy were suppose to be best in town. I didn't care for the gravy, but the biscuits were good. My sisters eggs Benedict was very good though. Wait staff was super nice though... and the service was super fast!

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The restaurant was recommended by a bellman at The Peabody. It was within walking distance. Our waitress was wonderful! I ordered two scrambled eggs (HUGE), bacon, biscuits and gravy. The waitress warned me it was a lot of food--she was correct. Thankfully, she brought the biscuits and gravy first! DELICIOUS!!!! Equally good as my grandma's! My daughter had the waffle... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We have been too Blue Plate many times over the years. I'm sad to say the food quality has done a nose dive as has the décor. The upholstered booths all showed signs of extreme wear. The bottom half of our booth was cracked and ripped to such an extent the foam padding was not only poking out but highly... More 

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Hernando, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Parking was very tight when entering the parking lot. Overall the service was adequate, it seemed as if our server was slower than others, so maybe it is usually better. The best part of the breakfast we had was the biscuits and gravy, the rest of the meal was pretty bland. I had the Apple Cinnamon waffle, the waffles were... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

you will not leave hungry from the Blue Plate. Great food and lots of it. Have visited several times when visiting family in Memphis and it will never disappoint!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Apple cinnamon pancakes made to perfection. Hot coffee. Attentive staff. Menu is great, you wouldn't think breakfast could be made in so many ways.

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Windsor, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Home-style décor and tasty food. Waitress was pleasant, however host was a bit rude and direct. If your party is not present in the foyer of the restaurant, the host will not seat you. Using the excuse of "my spouse/friend is trying to find parking" will not be accepted by the host. Besides the poor bed side manner, the breakfast... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Saw lots of different state tags in the parking lot because the locals probably don't go here. I was excited to get some good southern grits and was really disappointed in the grits they served. They were very runny and not cooked enough. Biscuits were delicious but the gravy they served had no meat. Overpriced for what we got.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5469 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3705
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: 901-761-9696

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?